20 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>July</strong>/<strong>August</strong> <strong>2022</strong> PLATINUM JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS — 3 Scarecrows raise £12k for local causes Hundreds of locals and visitors enjoyed two days of sunshine to wander around the Sonning Scarecrows Trail and made us all remember what we had missed the last few years because of Covid restrictions. As well as 62 scarecrows to hunt down, there were six splendid gardens to explore, and the opportunity to admire a collection of cherished cars. Barbara Carr, one of the organisers, sends her thanks for 'anything' you did towards making it a huge success, whether opening your garden, manning gardens, making cakes, serving teas, selling trail maps, directing at car parks, etc, and, of course to all those who made a scarecrow. Approaching £12,000 has been raised for local groups and projects. <strong>The</strong>re will be a thank you evening on Thursday 7 <strong>July</strong> at 7.45pm in Pearson Hall. Keith Nichols <strong>The</strong> Friends of St Andrew's Church (FoStAC) offer their thanks to all who helped, baked and supported the refreshments provided in <strong>The</strong> Ark during the Scarecrow Trail. It meant they could raise over £1,500 towards their funds and donate the leftover ingredients to the Salvation Army in Reading. FoStAC is now planning a garden party on Bank Holiday Monday 29 <strong>August</strong> — more details on page 29. Keith Nichols
<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>July</strong>/<strong>August</strong> <strong>2022</strong> 21 Bob Peters While a popular theme for the previous Scarecrow Trail was Trump, this year he was strangely replaced with several Boris party displays. <strong>The</strong> editor's favourite was the above: Green, Party, Red Party and Christmas Party! During the two day trail, a constant stream of visitors were welcomed into St Andrew's Church by STAY's Rev Lovejoy where they enjoyed the special flower displays, including the 'crown and throne' (see front cover). Rev Jamie (left) spent several hours entertaining visitors on the new church organ — it is the real vicar, not a scarecrow! — and the editor above (who is a scarecrow) encouraged visitors to take a copy of the latest '<strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>'. A short walk away by <strong>The</strong> Ark the Sunday Club children's Joseph added a splash of colour to the gardens. It was good to welcome back so many families who had visited the church previously for weddings, baptisms and funerals and who just wanted to wander around and enjoy the sunshine flooding through the stained glass windows. Sonning Art Group Sonning Art Group Sonning Art Group's exhibition in Pearson Hall was also hugely successful with over 70 paintings covering most mediums and showcased many different styles and subjects, all of a very high quality that was reflected in the many compliments received from visitors. <strong>The</strong> group's Queen Bee scarecrow was one of the main attractions, thanks to Jeremy Gilmore, a local beekeeper, who generously loaned a hive, body suit and smoker that made up the centrepiece of the display. Michael Sheppard, the husband of one the Art Group members, made a mini hive fitted with a bee buzzing button that the children — and many adults — enjoyed, Almost everyone in the club contributed in some way to knitting and felting bees, making flowers, painting stones, producing posters and providing props.